Pediatric Resources

Are You Wondering What Kind of Pediatric Acupuncture Training You Need to Treat Kids?

See more kids in your acupuncture practice

See more kids in your acupuncture practice

Now that you’ve decided to work with kids you’re wondering where to start, right? You need to fill the gaps in your training so you can confidently treat kids in your practice.  Most acupuncturists feel this way when they branch into pediatrics.  Programs are currently being developed to address the growing need for post-graduate pediatric acupuncture training.

Pediatrics is a specialty that requires dedication, focus and special skills because kids aren’t just little adults.  They have distinct needs and they’re not always easy to work with.  It takes flexibility, patience and a genuine love for kids in order treat them, especially when they’re sick.  It can also be a VERY rewarding and inspiring part of your career.

To help you get started I’ve listed the four main steps you can take to develop your skills.  This is by no means a comprehensive list.  If you really want to specialize in pediatrics, you’ll need to go even deeper into the steps I’ve listed here.  I also highly recommend that you train under an experienced pediatric acupuncturist.

Step 1: Learn How to Treat Kids

Practical Training

Practical real-world tips set the stage for successful treatment.  It’s helpful to see how a seasoned pediatric acupuncturist works with kids.   It’s important to know the ins and outs of working with babies, kids and teens… like how to get them to try acupuncture if they’re reluctant. Or what else you can use to treat them if needles just aren’t going to work!

It takes practice, practice, practice!  The more kids you see the easier it will become to work with them.

Physical Exam

It’s vital to hone your physical examination skills. If you suspect an ear infection you need to know how to check your patient’s ears or listen to their lungs if they have a cough.

Red Flags

You need to know what you can safely treat with acupuncture and when you should refer your patient to their pediatrician for care.

Practical Acupuncture Pediatrics Class

I provide hands-on training to get your started working with kids in my class Practical Acupuncture Pediatrics.

Click Here to Sign Up for my Pediatric Training List and I’ll let you know the next time I offer this class.

Step 2: Review TCM Theory, Differential Diagnosis and Herbal Formulas

You already have a solid foundation in theory and diagnosis, but there are some critical differences in pediatrics that you need know, like… the most common organs that are deficient in children or how to tap into the developing meridian system.

You’ll want to review the most common conditions you’ll treat children for:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Eczema
  • Chronic Low Immunity
  • Digestive Problems
  • Acute Conditions: fever, cough, ear infections, colds

Pediatric Herbal Formulas

Not all herbs are safe for children.  You need to know which herbs you can safely prescribe to kids.  You’ll want to familiarize yourself with the 3 main pediatric herbal formulas lines developed for kids.


Step 3: Understand Western Perspectives in Pediatrics

Understanding the most common medical protocols in pediatrics will help you predict what medications or treatments your patients are on and why.  You can then write reports and collaborate with your patient’s pediatrician.  Your western medicine knowledge will help you work together with your patient’s doctor and provide the best possible care.

Branching into modern functional medicine is also extremely helpful in treating kids so you can address common problems such as food allergies, food sensitivities and leaky gut.  There are simple tests that can be done to see how a child is reacting to and digesting their food.  These tests will help you formulate a targeted healing program.

Step 4: Pediatric Nutrition & Special Diets

Nutrition is at the core of pediatric health.  You need to know what children should be eating and avoiding because it’s central to every treatment plan.  You’ll need to research special diets, like GFCF and GAPS, so you know when to recommend them and how to help parents implement them.

Where Do You Get This Pediatric Acupuncture Training?


Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.  This fall I’ll be launching Pediatric Essentials Online Course for the second time!  It’s a step-by-step course that teaches you the  Essential Pediatric Training (Steps 1 – 4) so you can treat kids and the most common health problem they suffer from.  The course is set up in bite-sized modules so you can train at home, at  your own pace with me as your guide!

Click Here to Sign Up for my Pediatric Essentials E-List.  You’ll be the first to know when registration opens this fall and I’ll send you info on my other live trainings and webinars.

Recommended Reading

Check out my Books page to find a list of all the books I recommend for your pediatric acupuncture library.  You’ll also find many articles in the Articles Library that will give you tips for working with kids.